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Sen. Gillibrand urges Germany to take back Nazi Jakiw Palij

Germany should take in the last remaining former Nazi living in the United States, said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Jakiw Palij, 94, who worked as a Nazi guard at the Trawniki concentration and SS training camp in German-occupied Poland, has been living peacefully in Queens for years.

In 2003, a federal judge stripped him of his U.S. citizenship after it was discovered that he came into the country on false pretenses.

Sen. Gillibrand (pictured) wrote a letter to the German ambassador urging him to take Palij back.

Sen. Gillibrand (pictured) wrote a letter to the German ambassador urging him to take Palij back.

(Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

A year later, a federal judge ordered him booted to Germany, Poland or Ukraine. But those countries refuse to take him.

U.S. seeks to expel Nazi Jakiw Palij from his Queens home

Last Friday, Gillibrand wrote to the German ambassador, urging him to take Palij back. “Together, the United States and Germany can show the world that Mr. Palij’s crimes have not been forgotten,” she wrote. “We can show that we have learned from the past and stand together today against anti-Semitism, bigotry, and hatred in all forms.”

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